First Presbyterian Christian Academy fell just short of getting a win in its final game after falling, 46-35, on Friday to Fullington in Hinesville.
FPCA’s inaugural football season ended at 0-10, but many saw the commitment their players had to each game and the athleticism FPCA coach Andy Yanzetich believes will carry over to next season.
“It was a great year… when we started off it was like treading water and the kids didn’t know what they were doing … We feel like we have the talent now and it just hurts when you don’t win … they see the light at the end of the tunnel and we were getting so close,” he said.
Yanzetich was quick to remind his first-year team in the postgame huddle that there was still reason to carry their heads high.
“I know you guys are sore tired and worn out but we put 35 points on the board the last game of the season,” he said. “The defense made stops, the last three stops we needed to make … that is fighting right there … and that is why I love you guys because you never stop fighting.”
Fullington was able to put up 38 points in the first half, but the Highlanders weren’t far behind with 29. Highlanders Herbert Roberts, DeAngelo Streeter and Chris Guilfo burned the Trojans with their speed by scoring three touchdowns on kick returns averaging 60 yards or more.
Roberts later threw a touchdown pass.
The Trojans scored a touchdown at the start of the third quarter after they caught the Highlanders off-sides on fourth down. That eventually led to a touchdown run and two-point conversion to put the Trojans up, 44-29.
Three interceptions in the second half killed possible scoring drives for the Highlanders. One interception likely cost them six points as the Trojans nabbed it in the end zone and ran it out to the 5-yard line.
Ahman Muhammad set up the Highlanders’ last touchdown of the second half when he pounded the Trojans’ quarterback for a big loss, and FPCA took over on downs at its 35. Roberts then hit Guilfo on a five-yard pass, and Guilfo broke one tackle and rushed 60 yards to the end zone.
After the game, Yanzetich asked his younger players to recognize the significant contributions his senior plays made.
“Seniors, you still have something to be proud of,” he said. “You have done something nobody else has done here being a part of this first year team. It’s not easy coming out here knowing you only had this one year.”
The coach then addressed his younger players, saying, “We are going to get over that hump next year, I promise you that.”